Tarek and Christina El Moussa are taking their drama to a courtroom.
Shortly after the Flip or Flop star filed for divorce from his estranged wife, it was revealed he went after his wife for spousal support — and he’s willing to go to court to make sure he gets what he believes he’s entitled to!
In Touch has learned that on Jan. 9, he filed papers in which he demanded that a judge not give Christina any spousal support, and asked that she pay his legal fees.
This comes after the two tried to downplay the drama they were experiencing in their marriage; they downplayed their split in the press, previously claiming that their separation was just “the next step in our married life.”
Of course, things are even uglier behind closed doors — and HGTV is hoping that the drama stays out of the public eye.
As In Touch previously revealed, HGTV was threatening to sue Tarek and Christina for breach of contract, as the network believes they are significantly more profitable as a couple than they are apart.
“This is getting really ugly,” a source with the network previously told In Touch. “HGTV is livid with Tarek and Christina. Flip or Flop just won’t be the same if they’re not together, so execs desperately want them to reunite to save the show. If they can’t do that, the network wants them to make it seem like they’re getting along, at least until their contract is over. They were given an ultimatum: Either finish out your contracts or we’ll take you to court [for breach of contract]. The network basically said, ‘You guys need to work together, be seen together as a family, walk down the street together.’”
While Christina is willing to play along — as she’s gunning for her own series — she has also made it clear to her fans that there is no future with Tarek.
In a since-deleted Instagram post dated Jan. 15, she reminded fans that the episode of Flip or Flop airing that night was filmed in 2015 — a move some believe she made to ensure any affectionate moments with her husband wouldn’t be misinterpreted.
Scroll through the gallery for some interesting facts about Tarek and Christina!